Two trees birthday

Welcome to my crafty blog. Today’s card is a masculine birthday one, which any crafter will tell you is more tricky to make than female ones. I’ve been asked to make a few for a friend so had to get my thinking cap on. I’m using another one of my inky mop-up backgrounds from cleaning my craft mat, together with the ‘trees and their mantles’ set from Claritystamp. The inspiration for the design came from this week’s challenge over at CAS Colours and Sketches

I started by stamping the two trees onto the inky background. The great thing about this set is the trees are all in two parts – the truck & branches, and the leafy mantle. I stamped the tree trunks in brown and added the mantle in green. On reflection, I should have placed the trees slightly further apart from each other – I hadn’t allowed enough quite space for the overlapping mantles.

I didn’t want to leave the trees floating in mid-air, so added some ground using a piece of torn copy paper and Distress Ink in ‘peeled paint’. I used the outer part of a Clarity moon mask to add in the sun with ‘scattered straw’, picking up the tones that were already on the background.

I wanted to use the sentiment to balance out the trees on the card, and remembered this lovely verse which is also from Claritystamp. I’ve had it for quite a few years – it is still available as part of the ‘special day sentiments’ set. I finished the card by edging the topper with a black Sharpie and then mounting it on a 6×6 card blank.

Maybe the colours on this card look a bit autumnal, considering it’s nearly spring, but you can only work with what you’ve got can’t you? I’m really enjoying looking at all these backgrounds and working out how best to pop a scene onto them – more still to come.

6 thoughts on “Two trees birthday

  1. Beautifully done!!! I love all of the texture. I agree, masculine cards are 100% more difficult to create than feminine but you nailed it. Thank you so much for playing along with us at the CC&S challenge blog!

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply to Joanne James Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s